As you likely know, permits were filed last Thursday to demolish the now-vacant parcel of Mary Help of Christians that includes the church, school and rectory, according to DOB records.
Developer Douglas Steiner has plans for a residential development on this prime East Village space on Avenue A and East 11th Street and East 12th Street.
We heard from a longtime parishioner, who said that she is "hurt and confused beyond words" about the impending demolition.
Some of us have been speaking about trying to secure a few items from the church that are of great historical significance, most specifically the church bells and the cement statue of Mary Help of Christians outside located on 11th Street on the upper floors of the school ... in order to gift them over to the Salesian order. There also some liturgical books that the Salesians have inquired about. The pipe organ unfortunately is beyond our capabilities.
The former parishioners are hoping to be able to contact Steiner and see if these items can be salvaged.
Image via Curbed.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory
Baiting Mary Help of Christians
Mary Pupillo - 'A true relic of the East Village'